Burkina Dry More (BDM)

In 2020, the Burkina Dry More project funded by the Dutch Embassy was created to do just that. In a 3-year time frame, the project aims to make the most of the world-class drying infrastructure that exists in Burkina Faso. The project believes that by drying more products over several months of the year, more quality ingredients can be supplied to buyers in the EU, India, the region and beyond. By working more months per year, more additional jobs and countless opportunities for business owners, women and youth can be created. The development of new value chains (fonio, ginger and hibiscus) in the mango inter-campaign will foster a sustainable business climate for Burkina companies and EU importers. The Cascades and Hauts-Bassins regions are the areas of intervention for the value chains. But these areas can be extended to many others, within the framework of the organization of actors to meet supply needs.

The project in figures

300
tons

of exported products

850
jobs

created for youth and women

3000
small farmers

trained and accompanied on 3 value chains (Fonio, Hibiscus and Ginger)

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Context

Each year, dried mango factories in Burkina Faso use their plants for 8 months of the year. The Dutch Embassy has funded a multi-year program to help dried mango producers use their factories more months of the year. This is the Dry More project. Burkina Dry More (BDM) is a project that aims to build a productive and resilient agribusiness sector in Burkina Faso that provides improved incomes for 3,000 smallholder farmers and 850 sustainable jobs for youth and women. The project aims to achieve its mission by building on the success of the mango processing industry through the development of new value chains (fonio, ginger, and hibiscus) in the mango inter-campaign while providing opportunities for partner enterprises to develop new products and also cattle fattening; with each of the value chains facing major challenges.

Methodology / Approach

By putting 5 carefully selected companies at the heart of the program, we believe we can create and then refine a model that can be replicated and extended to the entire dried mango sector. These companies and aggregators are a direct route to including more producers in the production system. And by ensuring that they work in growing clubs or clusters, we believe they can be part of a stronger, more organized system, with better access to growing markets. On the other side of the world, it ensures that importers, food companies, retailers and people who enjoy these products have a safe and reliable supply of these exciting new ingredients. It's an ambitious project. But the conditions are in our favor. A strong market, good ingredients for competitive production, buyer interest, strong processors and organized producers. Now, with DRY MORE, we hope to do a little more. When you dry more, everyone gets more - more quality ingredients, more jobs, more products from these plants and a roadmap to a safer future for all.

Achievements / Results

The project is halfway to completion. In April 2022, as an achievement we can talk about :

  • The selection of 6 partner companies namely: Rose Eclat, Mango-So, Sanlé IE, EBDF, Guampri and Ezisaf;
  • Selection and training of 1329 producers from the network of partner companies;
  • Identification and selection of 100 feeders;
  • Partnership agreement between some companies and international buyers;
  • Realization of a round table on agro-finance to inform and sensitize the actors of the financial system on the stakes of the BDM project and create a first contact between them and the beneficiaries of the project.

Partners

This project was proudly supported by the following partners.

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